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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "into your nominated bank account" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "million united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "you are advice to " (this email uses bad English)
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: BOA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:20:26 +0000
Subject: YOUR FUND TRANSFER ( $2.8MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS )
YOUR FUND TRANSFER ( $2.8MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS )
PAYMENT NOTIFICATION FROM BANK OF AMERICA
Bank of America New York Head Office of (Paying Bank)
Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park is a 1,200 ft
(366 m) skyscraper in the Midtown district of Manhattan
in New York City, in the United States.
ATTN. BENEFICIARIE TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER NOTICE.
WE ARE HEREBY OFFICIALLY NOTIFY YOU CONCERNING YOUR FUND TELEGRAPHIC
TRANSFER THROUGH OUR BANK, BANK OF AMERICA, NEW YORK, TO YOUR BANK
ACCOUNT, WHICH HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY APPROVED BY THE MANAGEMENT OF WORLD
BANK SWISS (WBS) TO CREDIT THE SUM OF $2.8MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS
INTO YOUR NOMINATED BANK ACCOUNT. NOTE THAT I HAVE STARTED PROCESSING
PAYMENT AND EVERYTHING CONCERNING THE IMMEDIATE REMITTANCE OF YOUR FUNDS
WILL BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN THE SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME FROM THE TIME WE
RECEIVED YOUR BELOW INFORMATION. ALSO BE INFORMED THAT THE GOVERNOR OF
BANK IN LONDON (BL) WILL SIGN ON YOUR PAYMENT ADVICE AND A COPY OF THE
ADVICE WILL BE SENT TO THE WORLD BANK IN SWISS FOR SOME RECORD PURPOSES.
MEANWHILE YOUR INFORMATION AND YOUR FULL CONTACT DETAILS WERE RECEIVED
FROM OUR RESEARCH MANAGER, BARR. PAUL PETERSON ON YOUR BEHALF TO FRB FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YOUR FUND. NOTE THAT THIS FUND WAS PART OF THE
LATE PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN OF IRAQ DISCOVERY FUND WITH WORLD BANK OF
SWITZERLAND, WHICH THE SWISS BANK HAS DECIDED TO DISTRIBUTE IT
TO HELP FEW LUCKY INDIVIDUALS AND THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND ALSO WITH
THE NEW FRANCE PRESIDENT IS IN AGREEMENT WITH THE SWISS BANK TO
THE FUND TO SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE IN AMERICA, EUROPE & ASIA IN
OTHER TO HELP IMPROVE THEIR BUSINESSES. THEREFORE, RECONFIRM THE BELOW
INFORMATION ACCURATELY, BECAUSE THIS OFFICE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE HELD
LIABLE FOR ANY WRONG TRANSFER OF FUNDS OR LIABLE OF ANY FUND CREDITED
AN UNKNOWN ACCOUNT. THESE ARE THE INFORMATION WE NEEDED TO BE
1. YOUR FULL BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS:
2. YOUR DIRECT CELL OR OFFICE PHONE TO REACH YOU:
3. YOUR ADDRESS OF LOCATIONS:
4. YOUR FULL NAME:
FINALLY, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO RECONFIRM DIRECTLY TO ME THE ABOVE
INFORMATION TO ENABLE ME USE IT TO PROCESS YOUR BILL OF! PAYMENT. YOUR
QUICK RESPONSE SHALL BE MOSTLY APPRECIATED; ALL YOUR RESPONSE SHOULD BE
DIRECTED THROUGH OUR ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS FOR THE IMMEDIATE
OF THE CREDIT CONTROL DEPARTMENT,PLEASE IF YOU REAL WANT TO RECEIVED
FUND WITHOUT ANY DELAYING OR PROBLEM,PLEASE FOR THE SECURITY REASON OVER
YOUR PAYMENT YOU ARE ADVICE TO CONTACTS THE BANK HERE THROUGH THE
ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS FOR MORE INFORMATION SO THAT IT WILL ENABLE
BANK TO SERVE YOU BETTER.SO PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU REPLY TO US
THE ALTERNATIVE EMAIL/ ( email@example.com
YOURS IN SERVICE,
DIRECTOR CREDIT/TELEX DEPT
BANK OF AMERICA, N.Y USA
Regards,BANK OF AMERICA